By John Temple Ligon
The outdoor Main Street Marketplace in Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art is in business every Friday in May and June from 10 am until 2 pm.
It will also be in operation in September and October, and at the same times. In its fourth year, it appears to have successfully settled in for the long haul after alterations in time and place. The average shopper count is running to almost 2,000 each day.
Nicole Leeanne Grubbs, account executive at Carter Todd & Associates, which is a Columbia- based public relations firm, is managing and promoting the Main Street Marketplace.
Grubbs was born in Anderson, S.C., where her father was a manager for the local Milliken plant. She stayed in Anderson until fifth grade when the family moved to Seneca. Her mother was a physical therapist in both Anderson and Seneca.
Grubbs was president of her senior class and a varsity cheerleader at Seneca High School. After graduation, she traveled about 20 miles from Seneca to enroll in Clemson University.
Grubbs began attending football games in Death Valley when she was carried into the stadium as a one- year- old. She sits in the same 40- yardline seats every season.
She majored in communications, graduating magna cum laude. She made the President's/Dean's list every semester. Her internships put her on the job at Barneys New York's flagship fashion store in Manhattan, where her 58th Street studio apartment rent ran $3,200 a month for the four months of her assignment.
Grubbs also worked in television sports broadcasting at WYFF (Channel 4) in Greenville. Her mentor at WYFF was sports broadcaster Geoff Hart, winner of 13 Southeastern Regional Emmies.
As Miss Clemson for two different years, Grubbs twice competed for scholarships in the Miss South Carolina contest, placing fifth both times in academic standing.
As the former Miss Clemson, Grubbs still has a $2,500 tuition credit whenever she decides to attend graduate school.
After college, Grubbs engaged in paid appearances as Miss Clemson and managed a fashion boutique in the Clemson area. In January 2007, she accepted her position with Carter Todd & Associates in their offices on Washington Street.
As Carter Todd's account executive, Grubbs is staging something special for the Main Street Marketplace on Friday, June 15. The 2007 Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen contestants, about 60 individual talent performances and issue platforms, will attend the full four hours, 10 am until 2 pm, in Boyd Plaza at the corner of Hampton and Main.
Grubbs's volunteer time includes grief support at Palmetto Health, something she began while serving her Upstate community as Miss Clemson. Also, she offers her guidance as a Big Sister.
Besides off- beat travel, her escapes include snow skiing at Park City, Ut., and Steamboat Springs, Colo. Having recently lived in New York City, Grubbs is always scheming for a return visit. Her recreational reading lately has been supplied by Nicholas Sparks's novels and his non- fiction, Three Weeks with my Brother.
Grubbs has every intention to attend graduate school, probably for a master's in mass communications at the USC School of Journalism while she stays on the job at Carter Todd.